Cairo Truce Talks Could Radically Reshuffle Hamas Deck

(Ha'aretz) Jack Khoury - The tactics used by Egypt during the Gaza crisis point to a trend of neutralizing certain centers of power in Hamas while strengthening others. The Egyptians vetoed participation in the Palestinian delegation to Cairo of some of Hamas' most prominent figures, including the head of its political bureau, Khaled Meshal, and Ismail Haniyeh, the former Gaza prime minister. Nor would it allow the heads of Hamas' military wing to come. Egypt sees Hamas' military wing - and perhaps even Haniyeh himself - as partners in the terror attacks against Egyptian policemen and soldiers in Sinai. Egypt did, however, welcome the involvement of Meshal's deputy, Mousa Abu Marzook, the only Hamas leader who lives in Cairo.

2014-08-07 00:00:00

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